Last week I got a text from my friend and she asked me if I would lead our Prayer time on Sunday morning.
I was more than happy to!
A little background
My friend has gathered the women of our church together on Sunday mornings. We pray over the day, the teachers, the pastors and the message that is about to be spoken.
Now I am not a morning person but if it is important I will get up.
This is Sunday morning… and I have young kids… and a husband…
did I mention this is on Sunday morning???
It can get a little crazy.
So, when my friend said this was going to be on Sunday morning I didn’t think that I would be able to make it.
When prayer time first began I didn’t go. I didn’t think I could. But, then a (different) friend looked at me one morning and asked: “where have you been (at prayer time) ?”. I hung my head and told her my “excuse”. She gave me a suggestion and so I tried it.
Well, it has been my routine every Sunday morning and I make it to prayer time.
When I got the text asking me to lead I was more than happy to do it!
Last week I had the privilege of sharing my thoughts with my friends.
What I shared
I decided I wanted to share a verse with my friends
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:6
This is a verse that has been sitting on my heart. It is a message that I keep hearing over and over again.
The week before pastor opened his sermon talking about how sometimes we are disconnected from situations and people because we have not walked through what they are.
I couldn’t help but look at where I am now sitting.
I am a mom of 3 kids with special needs.
There was a time I knew there were those with special needs. But I never knew anyone with special needs or anyone whose life was affected by special needs. I was disconnected from this world.
Now all my kids have special needs of some kind. This is my world now.
All That I Am
There is a song that quickly got onto my favorites list because of the message. There is a line that says
You let me be where I have been. So, I can be all that I am -Better For It, Riley Clemmons
These are her words but they echo a message found in scripture
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” -Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that in all things God works for good of those who love him” – Romans 8:28a
There was a day that I didn’t see any good in Grace having special needs. It was a broken painful place in my heart, I struggled here. Now all 3 of my kids have special needs.
This is a path that no one chooses but it’s where God has me.
I by no means have this all figured out. I’m still in the middle of raising kids. But I’m beginning to see sunbeams.
I am starting to see how good can come out of where I am.
I am no longer untouched by those who live with special needs, this is my path. I am a special needs mom.
I hope that can be a voice of encouragement to other moms most of all to the girl like me who has a child or children with special needs. I know it’s hard but let’s live out our faith together.
God wastes nothing.
What is it in your life that God can use to encourage someone in your path?
Enjoy Riley’s song!!!
Father, you know there have been times (I still have my days) that I can’t see why you’ve allowed things in my life. Days I ask “why?” and wish it would all go away. Help me to remember that nothing is wasted and you work everything for good. Everything isn’t good this is a broken world, but everything will be used for good in your hands for those who love you. I believe that you have begun a good work in me and that you are faithful and will complete it. Let me be one who encourages others along the way.
These things I pray in Jesus name, Amen